• Christina Drummond

Second Lieutenant David Anselm Kerr, 3rd Battalion, attached to 2nd Battalion, the Royal Scots (Loth


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Second Lieutenant David Anselm Kerr, 3rd Battalion, attached to 2nd Battalion, the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), was killed in action near Neuve Chapelle on the Western Front.

The younger son of Major-General Lord Ralph Drury Kerr, KCB, CB, and the grandson of both the 7th Marquess of Lothian and the 14th Duke of Norfolk, he was educated at the Oratory School, Edgbaston, and New College, Oxford.

He interrupted his studies to volunteer for active service on the 7th of August, 1914, and was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Scots. In September he was attached to the 2nd Battalion. On the 10th of October, he arrived at Bethune, near the front, and three days later was killed while leading his platoon into action.

Second Lieutenant Kerr was at first buried at Croix Barbee by a mobile unit of the Red Cross, but later transferred to the Euston Post Cemetery, Laventie, Pas-de-Calais, France.

David, born in County Kildare, Ireland, was 21 years old.

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